Check out this marvellous goody bag!! A colleague and I were lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive event at Hachette last week and I had to nab one of these beauties (who wouldn’t?) The evening consisted of a presentation featuring all the upcoming publishing then drinks and food on the rooftop where many fantastic authors were present. It was freaking amazing! The only downside was we didn’t have enough time to mingle due to living out in the sticks and having to get back before midnight.
One of the Sales Mangers (who was super duper nice and completely hilarious) took us out on to the rooftop that had the most stunning views of London. I would be tempted to take my desk up there everyday and work in the sunshine! The garden was immaculate and we were told about Eldan the hawk (check him out on the anonymous twitter account @HachetteHawk) who makes a weekly visit to scare the pigeons away.
The following titles are the ones that stood out to me across the presentation and I can’t wait to read them!
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
The Bone Sparrow tackles the harsh reality of being a refugee and living in a detention centre which comes at a much needed time. The astounding figures show that there were over 19.5million refugees across the world at the end of 2014. That is a startling figure. This book will bring to light the awful conditions that they must endure and hopefully raise more awareness of the situation.
King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor by Andy Riley
This book promises to be a big bundle of laughs from scriptwriter Andy Riley who has contributed to shows such as Black Books, Little Britain and the film Gnomeo and Juliet.
The War Next Door by Phil Earle
Phil adds a new perspective to his series Storey Street with a book from the viewpoint of Masher the bully. Phil said when he wrote the horrible character of Masher he promised himself he would write a story to show that there are reasons behind his behaviour and that everybody has a different side to them.
Notes on Being Teenage by Rosalind Yana
Rosalind offers up her wisdom in this guide to how survive through the teenage years. I’ve read a few of these types of books but Rosalind promises to bring something new to the table, covering everything from feminism (whoop!) to selfies (bleugh).
Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain
The winner of this years Big British Bake Off brings us a childrens book which flips many well know tales on their heads. Children will be delighted with all the twists and will enjoy the contemporary illustrations. Interspersed with recipes, this book is every bakers dream.